Archive for April, 2010

Monday Morning Musings

Monday, April 12th, 2010
  • Had a great weekend of weather, with highs in the 60’s.  It was a perfect time to start putting in the docks, which we did.  We have all the sections of the docks in the water, with the exceptions of the wings.  A special “thank you” goes out to our friend Luke Rasmussen for helping us out with the docks this weekend.
  • Also had a chance to get a boat in the water and go for a ride on the lake.  Water temps on the surface of the main lake basin were around 44 degrees, while Stiner’s Bay surface temp was about 50 degrees.  Didn’t see a whole lot of action anywhere in terms of panfish.  I still think it just might be a little bit early yet.  If you remember last year, the crappie bite took off on Memorial Day weekend (May 24th) when mid-lake water surface temps were in the mid-50’s.  We are still a little ways off on that.  With weather forecasted in the mid 70’s this week, the water temps may improve pretty rapidly.  We will keep you updated on the water temps and any fishing reports we come by.
  • All the waterfowl have made their way back to Thunder Lake.  The otters have been active around the lake and we also heard our first loon call last night at sunset.  Still waiting for a resident to take us up on our wood duck house.
  • The telephone has been ringing quite a bit lately for reservations on fishing opener weekend and Memorial Day Weekend.  We still have availability for those dates.  Call now to make your reservation.  You can also check out our current deals and specials.

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Thunder Rolls

Friday, April 9th, 2010

As of April 2nd, Thunder Lake has no more ice on it and the open-water waves are rolling.  What an early, welcome sight!  There will now be an extended spring panfishing season before the fishing opener.  I would say within the next couple weeks or so that the water temps will get to the point where the crappies and bluegills will start moving into warmer, shallower water to feed before they begin to start nesting and preparing to spawn.  I can’t wait to get out in the boat to try it out soon for myself.  We will keep you updated.
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Back In The Spotlight

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Some of you may remember that back in July of 2002, Thunder Lake was featured in Outdoor News Magazine as the “Lake Of The Week”.  The publication features a lake each week in a full-page article on the back page of the magazine.  The 2002 article had more of an emphasis on the great bass fishing (smallmouth & largemouth) in Thunder Lake.

Last week and a little under 8 years later, Thunder Lake was featured again in the March 26th publication of Outdoor News Magazine. While the bass fishing is still excellent, the theme this time was more focused on the walleye fishing on Thunder Lake and what the DNR has been doing to improve it. The stocking program that has been conducted every other year has had a positive impact on walleye population in the lake.  However, as stated in the article, Thunder has shown repeatedly in its survey data that the lake is a very diverse fishery in terms of species of fish that can be caught there.

Below is the scanned article that has been posted in .jpg format.  Be sure to click on the image in order to read the full article in bigger print:

Thunder Lake, MN

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Ice-Out Conditions

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The ice conditions on the lake have deteriorated rapidly with the nice weather over the last couple of weeks.  When we left on March 31st, the smaller lakes had already lost all of their ice.  Thunder, as always, was a little behind but was starting to show signs of losing its big sheet of ice in our bay.  Since we aren’t home right now, we aren’t quite sure if the ice is still on the lake today, but our guess is that it has already went out completely.  We will be back home on Tuesday to give you an update on the ice.  Here are some photos of the ice leading up to March 20th:

We have heard some people say that this is the earliest the ice-out has occurred in quite some time.  There will be a nice extended early-spring season on panfishing out of the boat for those who have a passion for it.  I know I will be trying get out a little.  It will also be nice to get everything into the water a little earlier this season.

We will be back soon with updates and hopefully more photos of open water on Thunder Lake!

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